Google did not kill the Donkey

Google has been accused of killing a donkey with its Street View car in Botswana. The news totally broke on the Internet when some Caltech theoretical physicist styling himself as “the real Sheldon Cooper” on Twitter (@TheRealSheldonCooper) tweeted a link to a Google Street View image showing what appears to be a dead donkey lying in the dirt road, presumably behind the Street View car.

Google usually doesn’t response to these types of news going rounds but we think it totally pissed Google off, especially when it came to “Do No Evil” credibility, It responded to the accusations on its Official blog, can you believe that? and guess the title, Never ass-ume, very punny! 😛

The reason Google responded taking out some of its valuable time was because the image went viral and Fox News even picked it up, because, well you know, they like to cover the news that matters.

Here is the Official Statement from Google on its blog

Over the last 24-hours concerned members of the public and the media have been speculating on the fate of a donkey pictured in Street View in the Kweneng region of Botswana.

Because of the way our 360-degree imagery is put together, it looked to some that our car had been involved in an unseemly hit and run, leaving the humble beast stranded in the road.

As our imagery below shows, the donkey was lying in the path - perhaps enjoying a dust bath – before moving safely aside as our car drove past. I’m pleased to confirm the donkey is alive and well.

Here are the series of Images

In images 1 and 2, the car was driving on the left side of the road and approached the donkey, which was lying down.


The Donkey gets up and moves

Taken from the back of the Street View Car, shows that the Donkey is on its feet and not killed. google-lat-long_-never-ass-ume-2Crises Averted?

Definitely, once the Driverless cars come in and you see something like this, you will call it a coverup, I am sure, driverless cars aren’t programmed to brake for animals, well after this they will be, incase they want to let a driverless car do the Street View Imaging, till then, the Donkeys are Safe.

The DNetWorks Team